November Road

November RoadNovember Road by Lou Berney
Published by William Morrow on October 9th 2018
Pages: 320
ISBN: 0062663879
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“Frank Guidry’s luck has finally run out.”

Frank Guidry is a loyal lieutenant in the New Orleans mob who dropped off a car very near to where President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was assassinated. Was it a coincidence or was the car part of the assassination plan? Now Frank has been asked to get rid of the car. Is this a set up or a means to an end? Either way, Frank knows too much about the crime and is expendable. As those with any knowledge of the assassination begin to disappear, it becomes obvious to Frank that it is only a matter of time before his luck runs out. He hits the road hoping to meet with a possible alley who can help him disappear.

Charlotte, is a married housewife from Oklahoma who has had it with her husband’s drinking and the constant stress about being able to pay the bills. She has packed up her two daughters and the family dog and begins driving to California. She is a photographer who dreams of a better life for her and her children.

Frank is no fool. He has been at this game a long time. He knows that there is someone trailing him. That the man is most likely hot on his trail. He knows he should not get involved with this Mother and her two children. But in the midst of trying to survive, he learns what it truly means to live.

Barone has been tasked with taking care of Frank. He must tie up this loose end and will not be deterred and will not let anyone get in his way. He is a man on a mission and will not stop until he achieves his goal.

This book is part cat and mouse and part love story. It’s about starting over, redemption, hope, vengeance and determination. Conspiracy theories have surrounded JFK’s assassination since the day he was killed, and the Author uses the mob hit/conspiracy theory as part of the plot in this book. We may never know what really led up to the deadly shooting in Dallas, but this book shows a plausible explanation. This book felt like it was happening in black and white and yet was extremely vivid at the same time (I know I am contradicting myself but read the book maybe you’ll get what I mean). It has an old Hollywood Noir/mobster/crime feel to it. I imagine that soon the rights will be bought up for this book and we learn that there is an actual movie in the works.

I really enjoyed this well written and well thought out book. There are three main characters in this book with minor supporting characters. The execution of their story-lines was effortless. This is a great book for book clubs as there is a lot to discuss ranging from the plot, the characters, the real-life assassination and subsequent conspiracy theories, to the desire to re-invent one’ self, divorce, romance and starting over.

I enjoyed traveling Route 66 with these characters. I felt compelled to keep reading for most of the day to see what was going to happen. Would Frank get away? Would Charlotte get her chance at a new life?

I received a copy of this book from William Morrow and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts and opinion expressed in this review are my own.